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Mystery unlocatable 24.9G of used space listed under C: Users, C full.

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Hello Geeks,


So today, my Dell laptop Inspiron 1526 (old, I know) told me I had almost no disk space left on C. So I followed the prompts and freed up a little bit but it's still an issue (big red bar) so I search engined it and came across some ideas one of which was to locate which files were using all that space. Bizarrely (to my pygmy tech-challenged mind), WinDirStat said that of a total 96.8GB, 43.6GB was System Volume Information and 24.9GB was Users. Windows 17.4GB, Program Files 3.8GB, Program Data 2.8GB. So not understanding it at all I thought I'd look at Users. That was me David and Public. 24.6GB was on David so I opened that thinking I would be able to find the culprit space hogging files. BUT when I opened David, the biggest files were Downloads at 4.08GB and Documents at 2.72GB. The 24.6GB appears to be unaccounted for; at least, I couldn't locate it.


So as you've surmised already no doubt, I don't understand these things (which is why I'm here asking for your kind help). I would like to free up space on C and solve the mystery and problem. Can anyone help please? Thank you very much.




PS I was unclear about which forum section to post this. Please forgive me if it's in the wrong area.

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Hi daba,

Would this laptop happen to be running Vista? Try reducing the allocated space for System Volume Information. To do that, see here. Make sure to right click on the command prompt and choose Run as administrator. I would allocate 3Gb for the C drive as shown in Method 2 of the guide.

Let me know if that helps.

Donna :)
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